Testimonials

Mar 24 | Evan | No Comments |

Please take a moment to read the short thank you notes and testimonials from my previous trips. Let me know if you would like me to put you in touch with one of them!

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Dear Evan,
I cannot thank you enough for guiding me through Japan. Your ability to bridge the gap between U.S. and Japanese culture made the country come alive for me. You made it easy for me to see and do things that would have been extremely difficult and in some cases impossible. I’ll never forget feeding the deer in Nara, sleeping on a tatami mat in Miyajima, or sipping tea at a tea house in Kyoto. You flawlessly negotiated the travel logistics so that touring was pleasurable. Your Japanese language ability and your experience living and working in Japan enable you to really show the country to western tourists. You taught me so much about Shinto temples, Japanese food, and Japanese etiquette. You are also extremely flexible and easy-going, which shows in your willingness to tailor a tour a particular individual’s abilities and interests. As an added bonus, your professional photographs are a wonderful memento of my trip to Japan. I’m sure that anyone who hires you as a tour guide in Japan will be just as thrilled as I am.

Barbara Sarshik
McLean, Virginia
7 Day Tour

 

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I had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Japan with Evan as my guide. Since I don’t speak any Japanese and knew I wanted to do a lot of traveling within Japan, I decided it would make the experience a lot better if I traveled with a tour guide. I told Evan that while I was not into photography so much and it would be nice to have some photos of myself, I was more interested in eating good food, and lot’s of it! Evan prepared a great tour for me that was focused on eating fantastic food. We spent time in Sendai, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima and Evan was able to introduce great places to eat and the local favorite foods from each place. I was surprised to find how little English was spoken outside of Tokyo, so having Evan along was very helpful and made my trip much more memorable. Thank you Evan!
Dr. S. Chatterjee
Washington DC
10 Day Tour

 

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Dear Evan,
Nothing is more valuable when visiting a new place than someone with first-hand knowledge of and experience with the geography, the culture, the people, and the sights. Your energetic and enthusiastic guidance through Tokyo made our trip effortless and maximized our enjoyment of this amazing city. Your sight-seeing excursions, culinary selections, and recommendations for leisure activities were all spot on, and your wonderful company made it an unforgettable experience. We cannot thank you enough for being such a pleasant, competent, and respectful guide.
Dr. D. Johnson
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
5 Day Tour

 

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Evan Pike was a terrific tour guide on my recent trip to Japan. Honestly I don’t know how we would have gotten around without him. He knew all the best places to grab a bite to eat, helped show us some of the cultural hotspots that Tokyo had to offer, and did a great job helping us feel truly immersed in Japanese culture instead of just seeing the touristy parts of town. I hope to be able to return to Japan in the next few years, and when I do I will definitely be hiring Mr. Pike again!
Zack T. Medford
9 Day Tour

 

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“Brilliant experience – will definitely be the highlight of our times in Japan”

We had a great time, Evan was so fantastic and he had prepared the itinerary before we went to trip and every details was planned ahead with all the relevant details he talked about on his tour and also just some special tips. We did a long trip and it is absolutely worth it. We met with amazing culture, people and we got great shots during the all trip.

Evan was a brilliant, knowledgeable photographer and great guide around the Japan. I would recommend it to anyone (photographers-non photographers) wanting to see  Japan that is off the beaten track (for tourists) and learn a lot about the history behind the areas. We will definitely do the tour again.

We will come and visit Japan with Evan no doubt.

Serap & Kurtcebe
Istanbul, Turkey
14 Day Tour